Communities of Practice

The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink offers a range of learning activities designed to accelerate PNI Network members’ capacity to turn curves on baseline GPRA indicators by incorporating into their planning and implementation efforts the best available evidence, best practice information, learning from their peers, coaching from national partners, and examples from other communities pursuing different forms of collective impact. See below for descriptions and activities. Go to the  Stay Connected section to see news and events, and blog commentary.
 

Early Learning Affinity Group

The Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) is uniquely positioned to improve the quality and quantity of equitable services to support early learning in distressed neighborhoods. Leveraging the expertise and resources of national experts ZERO TO THREE, which has a range of resources and information designed to help communities support children's early learning, PNI works with Promise Neighborhood leaders to put in place programs and policies that ensure all children are able to learn, grow, and succeed. Through webinars and other activities, members can access resources, tools, and coaching from ZERO TO THREE.
 
Members of Early Learning Affinity Group can click here to post a message to the group. Contact Henrissa Bassey at hbassey@policylink.org for details.
 

Data Affinity Group

The rigorous, ongoing use of data is essential for improving outcomes and opportunities for children, and it is required for Promise Neighborhoods. Data enable organizational partners, practitioners, and neighborhood residents to:
 
  • Understand their communities more deeply;
  • Make sure the initiative targets the children and families most in need;
  • Design effective interventions, programs, and policies;
  • Track progress and revise strategies as necessary;
  • stablish a “culture of results” so that all children succeed in school, graduate from high school, and obtain a post-secondary education.
The PNI Data Affinity Group connects Promise Neighborhoods to best-practices and strategies for collecting and using high-quality data to track and continuously improve results. 
 
Members of Data Affinity Group can click here to post a message to the group. Contact Henrissa Bassey at hbassey@policylink.org for details.
 

Policy Affinity Group

The PNI Policy Affinity Group convenes monthly calls where PNI Leadership provide updates on policy activities in Washington and in various states across the country which impact the efforts of Promise Neighborhoods Communities.  Additionally, the Policy Affinity group provides a dedicated space for PNI Network members to: (1) collaborate to advance pertinent policy goals; (2) collectively provide feedback on various legislative and regulatory issues; (3) learn of peer efforts to advance policy goals at the state and local level, etc.    
 
Members of Policy Affinity Group can click here to post a message to the group. Contact Henrissa Bassey at hbassey@policylink.org for details.
 
 
 

Financial Security Affinity Group

Financial capability practices, programs, and policies are those that create and protect opportunities for low-income individuals, families, and communities to save and invest in themselves, their futures, and their communities. The PNI Financial Security Affinity Group connects Promise Neighborhoods to best-practices and strategies for incorporating financial capability into their on-going work to help set families on a path to financial security and contribute to the Promise Neighborhoods results and indicators.